How to Replace a Smoke Detector's Batteries That Keep Beeping

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If a smoke detector keeps beeping that may be a sign that the batteries need replaced. Replace a smoke detector's batteries that keep beeping with help from a certified firefighter in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Gabriel Williams. I'm a certified firefighter in the state of Illinois. And today, we're going to talk about how to change a smoke detector's batteries that keep beeping. If you have a smoke detector like this, and it keeps chirping or beeping, and you can't figure out why, usually it's an indication that your batteries are low and need to be changed. Remember, check the back of your smoke detector, or the user's manual if you have it, and sometimes it will tell you what the individual chirps or beeps mean. If you're not sure, and you think your alarm is going off, or you smell smoke or fire, get out of your home and call 911, and have the fire department come and make sure that your home is safe. If it is just a chirp that you're hearing every so often, it's probably an indication that your batteries are low. In that case, you're going to need to open the storage cell where the battery is kept, take the old battery out, discard it, get a new battery out of the package, and place it back in the smoke detector. Make sure to check your user's manual to make sure that you're putting the battery in the correct way. Most smoke detectors are like this one. When there's no battery in, the door won't close, so you can't accidentally put it up without a battery in it. You take the battery, place it in facing the correct way, and snap it all the way shut. You'll know that the battery is in correctly if it goes all the way shut. But, just to be sure, you're going to want to press the test button until your smoke alarm chirps or gives an alarm, and then you know that your battery is installed correctly and is working properly. At that time, you can mount it back up on your wall, and you're good to go. I'm Gabriel Williams, and we've been talking about what to do if the battery on your smoke detector keeps beeping.


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